Race, Racism and Health Equity: What Can We Do About it?


Stephen C. Nelson, MD
Director, Hemoglobinopathy Program; Co-Director, Vascular Anomalies Clinic; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Session Details

Date and time: Wednesday, April 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Learning track: Health Equity
Learning level: Beginning

Session Description

This presentation is born out of Dr. Nelson's work as a physician and the recognition of the impact that racism and provider bias has on racial disparities in health care. The sessions draws from five years of research and racial justice trainings for physicians, nurses, students and others. A wealth of information regarding the transformation of racial disparities will be provided.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how race functions as an independent factor in health equity.
  • Describe the barriers to health equity, including how racism affects health.
  • Gain insights on how providers' unconscious biases and stereotyping impacts racial disparities in health care.
  • Appreciate how education on issues of race, racism and whiteness can help provide a critical race lens for providers.
  • Apply concrete tools to move towards health equity and improve providers' self-efficacy in treating patients of color.